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SPURS ARE A SPEND FORCE; Poch says they can be great ...but only if Levy agrees to splash out on new signings.


BY PAUL BROWN MAURICIO POCHETTINO has piled more pressure on Spurs to splash the cash - and insists he is NOT in charge of transfers.

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Tottenham, who haven't signed a player for two windows, are close to agreeing a PS55million deal for Lyon's Tanguy Ndombele (below, top) and are set to sign Leeds winger Jack Clarke (below, centre) for around PS10m. But Pochettino, whose future remains up in the air, claims he will not get the final say on who comes in or who leaves.

o, e n rein-Speaking on Spanish radio, he said: "It is essential that this year the team is reinforced. We have saved a lot of money in the last two years without signing a player.

aved he s t y ep u en "This should allow us to strengthen. At Manchester City and Liverpool, Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp are free to decide which players they want and which they do not.

urgen hey ey "But at teams such as Tottenham, Chelsea and Arsenal it's not in the hands of the coaches. It's the staff who decide. In case, the president."

e ff our ." mments " Pochettino's comments are directed at Spurs chairman Daniel Levy, who has yet to get any of his top targets over the line this summer.

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas this week threatened to hike up the price for midfielder Ndombele unless Levy, who has a reputation for driving a hard bargain in the transfer market, stopped dragging his feet in talks.

But Spurs are at least set to announce next week the signing of 18-year-old Leeds winger Clarke, who has already had a medical.

And they remain interested in Real Betis midfielder Giovani Lo Celso (left, bottom) despite having a bid worth up to PS52m rejected.

u w co aft bo m ABut with Pochettino yet to confirm he is staying after his threat to quit before the Champions League final defeat by Liverpool, Spurs are under mounting pressure to get deals done. Another issue for Levy is that Spurs hoped to help fund their summer spend by offloading players. But so far there have been no serious offers for Christian Eriksen, who wants out and is rated at over PS70m by the club.

sumloa h attra i 7K tt a pare bua Kieran Trippier has attracted interest from Italy, and Spurs are prepared to move him on, but talks with Napoli and Juventus have yet to bear fruit.

w a Spa It has also emerged that Real Madrid could be willing to drop their asking price for Spain Under-21 star Dani Ceballos. Real initially slapped a PS45m price tag on the 22-year-old midfielder, who has been on Tottenham's radar for months.

i But intermediaries claim the Spanish giants would in reality be willing to do business at closer PS30m, making Ceballos a cheaper alternative to Tottenham's primary targets.


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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jun 29, 2019
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